Tuesday 7 January 2014

Congratulations with Secret Garden

When I first joined Stampin' Up, I certainly couldn't have imagined that I might build a team and help others to start their own businesses too. But, as I began to learn about how Stampin' Up worked, I became enthusiastic about sharing my experience with others and that's when I started my fabulous Inkredibles group. I love getting to know my team and working out how best to support them - whether they want to earn some money or simply enjoy Stampin' Up as a hobby. I'm always delighted when they reach a milestone so I thoroughly enjoyed making today's project for the lovely Jan to celebrate her promotion just before Christmas. Come and see:

It's always lovely to get a handmade something through the post, and a promotion is the perfect excuse to send a card and little gift to say congratulations!

The card was made with Stampin' Up's beautiful Secret Garden set, stamped onto Core'dinations card stock to give a nice textured look. This stamp set has coordinating dies so that you can cut the elements out neatly without scissors if you choose.

I cut out one of the flowers to embellish the scored sentiment banner on this card. I've used the beautiful Express Yourself hostess set again as I think it has to be my favourite sentiment set of the moment! And can you see the piercing round the edge of the panel? I always think a pierced frame adds a nice bit of subtle detail and a neat finish and it's so easy to do with the Essentials piercing templates.

I was really pleased with this little box, made to house one of my team bracelets and a charm. The belly band was made out of Colour Collection designer paper - these amazing stacks come in ALL the Stampin' Up colours and are so useful! The box was tied up with 1/8" taffeta ribbon with two branches from the 2 step bird punch tucked into it, and embellished with one of the tiny flower punches from the Itty Bitty punch pack.

There's always room for more members in my team and I'd love to welcome you aboard. Click here for more details or give me a ring on 01280 820593 for a no-pressure chat.

Here's what you'll need to make this project
Stamps: Secret Garden, Express Yourself
Ink: Early Espresso
Card stock: Very Vanilla smooth and core'dinations, scraps of Garden Green and Rich Razzleberry for  box embellishments
Other: Secret Garden framelits, Big Shot, 2 step bird punch, Itty Bitty punch pack, Basic pearls, Colour Collection designer paper (regals), Rich Razzleberry 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Essentials piercing templates mat and tool, Simply Scored, stamp-a-majig

Crafting Clare online shop, shopping with Vicky Hayes, Stampin Up clearance rack
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I'd invited all my children to see the Desolation of Smaug at the cinema yesterday but, since my eldest son got a better offer (!) and my daughter ended up working instead, my youngest son turned out to be my sole companion. He suggested that we watch Frozen instead as we both love a good animation. Sadly it turned out to be a pretty mediocre film in terms of plot and character but it really was a visual treat.  The only problem was that the theatre was a bit on the nippy side and I'd left my coat in the car so all the ice and snow was probably the last thing I needed!

See you tomorrow when I'll have another special gift to show you!


  1. This is so pretty! I love how the stamping looks on the textured cardstock.

  2. Lovely card and gift. It's great being part of your team! xxx

  3. Your card is beautiful Vicky, I love the delicate colours and splash of purple.

  4. Oh no, these establishments make me so cross when they fail to heat the place adequately. The Glitter Pot was like Ice Station Zebra on Friday...they are happy to take your money tho. Tightwads!
    Lovely card as ever Vicky and like the textured look and lovely bold flower.

  5. Love the texture on your card Vicky and also your little box...


  6. What beautiful creations Vicky - and congratulations to Jan too - Jacqueline xx

  7. Very pretty card, Vicky, I love the texture and the soft colours, and who wouldn't like to receive a gift in a gorgeous box like that?
    Should have gone to see The Hobbit, it was fabulous! xxx

  8. Hi Vicky
    Gorgeous work.... Pantomime for us in Fuengirolla ... It was fabulous... The weather was 25 degs... We managed 7 geo Caches as well... Lovely Indian meal on the way back to Gib.....
    Hugs Sylviexx

  9. Dear Vicky

    thanks so much as always - and its a delight to be part of the Inkcredibles - can really recommend it! and it was a lovely surprise to receive my beautiful card and bracelet - I really appreciated them both.

    very best wishes

  10. This is such a pretty card and box, simple but very beautiful, just love the colours.

    We went to see the Hobbit, great film AND left wanting more, but have to wait until next year:(

  11. Such a gorgeous card and gift box. I really like the effect you have achieved with stamping on the coredinations cardstock, and the pierced frame is such a great look.
    Sorry to rub it in, but The Desolation of Smaug is a great film :)
    (Thanks for the top tip of frozen grapes - will have to given them a try. Good luck with cutting out sugar - it's hard isn't it!) x x


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